Being fairly new to Iowa City I arranged to have delivered to my Inbox Tomorrow's Best Bets from GoIowaCity as a means of getting to know the place. I just read yesterday's issue and as a result, I'm now making plans to attend the World Premier, yep you heard me, the WORLD PREMIER of "A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story"
Watch the trailer:
"44 years in an institution, unable to read or write, no family, no place in society - an unlikely friendship changed his life forever...his story inspired millions...
Bill was really a big leader in a movement, unbeknownst to him, of normalizing people's reactions to people with disabilities..."
To be honest, I'm not familiar with Bill Sackter's story. But as someone interested in how the media portrays people with disabilities, I am curious as to how Lane Wyrick, director/editor, has handled this responsibility - and I do consider it a responsibility. I've read Lane's entry The Documentary Begins on the Bill Sachter Documentary Blog and I have no doubt this is a labor of love. Let's hope the audience loves it as well.
Steve and I will keep you posted.
Update: Here is Steve's reaction after having seen the film.